Grand Estates

2012 Merlot

Columbia Valley

Columbia Crest 2012 Grand Estates Merlot Columbia Valley
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Nov 01, 2014

 

Columbia Crest 2012 Grand Estates Merlot Columbia Valley

The Grand Estates merlot has a rich aromatic profile with notes of chocolate and dark cherries. On the palate our Merlot has complex fruit flavors followed by a smooth, velvety finish. Pair this wine with Blue cheese, duck, beef, veal and dark chocolate.

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Blend: 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Total Acidity 0.56 g/100 mL
pH: 3.75
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Barrel Aging: 1/3 new oak for 14 months
Fermentaion: 6-10 days on skins

Spring temperatures in Eastern Washington started off relatively cool but rose quickly, and the region soon settled in to a more typical weather pattern.

Summer was predictably warm without any prolonged excessive heat events, with temperatures rarely breaking 100° Fahrenheit.

Late summer and early fall brought on slightly cooler daytime highs and a significant diurnal shift, a pattern that continued well into October.

A few sporadic rain showers in mid-to-late October were quickly dissipated by persistent winds and had no effect on the harvest.

Overall the 2012 harvest was outstanding; the red wines are flavorful and rich with ripe tannins.

About Grand Estates Wines

The Embodiment of Extraordinary Winemaking

Every aspect of the winemaking process is carefully controlled during the production of Grand Estates. These uncompromising winemaking practices – while time-consuming and costly – are the only way to guarantee that every bottle of Grand Estates represents the varietal expression of the region. It’s this devotion to quality that has cemented Grand Estates as one of the world’s best wine values.

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